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Wilson double fires Boclair Academy to SSFA Shield final triumph

Boclair Academy 3

Wilson 20, 59, Razouk 68

St John's HS 1

Carroll, 75
  • Friday, 15 May 2015
  • Indodrill Stadium, Alloa
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Schools' Football Association Shield

Adam Brown | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Boclair Academy earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory over St John’s High School in the Scottish Schools’ Football Association U-16 Shield final on Friday night. Two goals from Boclair midfielder Callum Wilson gave his side the upper hand in a highly competitive affair. St. John’s Nicholas Scott received a red card soon after Wilson’s second goal before Yaser Razouk extended Boclair’s lead, effectively sealing his side’s victory. However, there was still time for St. John’s to score a well-deserved consolation through Taylor Carroll’s header in the closing stages.

The first 10 minutes of the game set the tone for what was to come with both sides battling for supremacy and playing attractive, entertaining football.

The first real chance fell to Boclair’s Aidan Lynch who fired wide at the near post after a good run and cross from Cameron Brisbane.

Minutes later it was St John’s turn to go close. Gavin Ritchie won possession in Boclair’s half with the ball eventually falling to Connor Coupe who blazed his shot narrowly over the bar after a lovely piece of skill to create space for his strike on goal.

St John’s started to take control of the game after the opening stages without creating too many chances, mainly down to Boclair’s resolute and committed defending. However, Boclair looked dangerous whenever they came forward and won themselves a penalty in the first 20 minutes. Boclair’s Ian Stokes came infield from the left channel and slipped a pass to Wilson in the penalty area who was brought down by a flailing leg after skipping past a St John’s defender. It was Wilson himself who stepped up to take responsibility for the spot-kick, confidently firing his strike low into the bottom corner with the ball taking a nick off of the inside of the post on the way in.

Boclair had a chance to double their lead before long. Some good high pressure resulted in Ian Stokes winning possession from a St John’s throw-in before bringing Jack Stansfield into play. The tricky winger’s teasing low cross into the heart of the St John’s area found an unbalanced Lynch who was unable to make clean contact with the delivery and divert it goalward.

Boclair had to endure periods of immense pressure from St. John’s, making blocks and clearances in order to preserve their lead. Despite their opponents’ pressure, it was Boclair who had the last of the chances in the first half. A dangerous inswinging corner from William Fleming found the head of James Stokes who was unable to get over the ball in order to keep his header from flying over the crossbar.

However, there was still time for one more chance before the half-time whistle. Boclair were starting to get joy down the right flank in the closing stages of the first half. James Stokes was at the heart of the action once again, beating several challenges on a long, powerful run down the right. He managed to dig out a dangerous cross from the by-line, but there was no one in the middle getting on the end of it.

  • Half Time:
  • Boclair Academy
  • 1-0
  • St John's HS

Almost certainly feeling hard done by going into the half-time interval behind, St John’s came out firing at the start of the second half. Some tidy passing between Coupe, Ritchie and Kieran Conway straight from the kick off culminated in Conway testing Boclair keeper Grant Mackie from long range.

Soon after, Conway was looking to instigate a comeback once more. However, Nathan Scott’s effort was well saved by Mackie after Conway’s run and cross.

Despite St John’s strong start to the second half, it was not long before Boclair came within inches of extending their lead. After another Flemming corner, the ball broke to substitute Ruairidh Sorbie on the edge of the box who was desperately unlucky to see his shot hit the base of the post before being scrambled clear.

The emphasis started to switch after Sorbie’s effort with Boclair growing in confidence. They extended their lead soon after with Wilson on target once again. St John’s had failed to clear from a Flemming corner, with influential playmaker Ian Stokes keeping the ball alive at the edge of the penalty area. The ball eventually came to Wilson who skipped past a challenge before clipping the ball coolly past St John’s keeper Michael Ellwood.

The frustration was starting to build within the St John’s ranks after going 2-0 down in a very even, competitive match. This boiled over when Nicholas Scott was sent off only seconds after the restart following Wilson’s second goal.

Despite being one man and two goals down, St John’s continued to play tidy football and went close when Ritchie fired a free-kick from 25 yards just over the bar.

However, Boclair inevitably started to make their extra man count and take control of proceedings. They effectively put the game beyond their opponents making it 3-0 with 16 minutes left on the clock. Flemming’s deliveries from corner kicks were of the highest quality all evening, and the third goal came after Yaser Razouk finished from close range in a goalmouth scramble following another Flemming corner.

St John’s displayed unshakeable desire and continued to test Boclair’s defence. Scott Cole’s long driven free-kick from the left flank was met at the back post by Taylor Carroll who headed wide of the target.

Although they continued to play tidy football on the ground, set pieces seemed to be St John’s most likely route back into the game. The 10 men eventually got their goal from a corner, with Carroll heading home from close range. It was the very least they deserved from a close, competitive affair.

Boclair looked to extinguish any hopes of a St John’s comeback by adding a fourth goal. The woodwork came to St John’s rescue once again when Lynch and Ian Stokes combined to set up Brisbane whose left-footed effort grazed the top of Ellwood’s crossbar on its way over.

St. John’s continued to battle until the very end, finding the back of the net in the closing stages with the final meaningful action of the game. However, Nathan Scott’s sublime looping, sliding finish after a searching long pass from Logan Irvine was ruled out for outside.

The final whistle induced scenes of ecstasy amongst the Boclair faithful. Their defensive solidity, attacking flair and cutting edge contributed to their hard-fought victory. St John’s had the upper hand for periods of the match and on the balance of play, were unlucky to find themselves two goals down by the time of the sending off, and may have claimed victory on another night. However, the pivotal moments in the game favoured Boclair and their victory was well deserved. Both sets of players should take a great deal of credit for contributing to an immensely entertaining, event filled match, worthy of a cup final.

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  • Full Time:
  • Boclair Academy
  • 3-1
  • St John's HS

Lineups

Boclair Academy
St John's HS
1. Grant Mackie
2. James Stokes
3. Cameron Brisbane
4. Josh Brown
5. Yaser Razouk
6. Callum Wilson
7. Aidan Lynch
8. Louis Fisher
9. William Flemming
10. Ian Stokes
11. Jack Stansfield
12. Ruairidh Sorbie
14. Aiden Spalding
15. Antonio Kerr
17. Andrew Peebles
1. Michael Ellwood
2. Nicholas Scott
3. Taylor Carroll
4. Logan Irvine
5. Kieran Conway
6. Scott Cole
7. Gavin Ritchie
8. Saul Cooney
9. Craig Kemlo
10. Nathan Scott
11. Connor Coupe
12. Steven Sinclair
13. Dean Currie
14. Kazim Ahmed
15. Tyler Martin
16. Liam Thomson
Star Player
Boclair Academy
St John's HS
Ian Stokes - The attacking midfield grew into the game over time and was always at the heart of Boclair's attacking play. Showed some superb touches and vision and made vital contributions to his side's opening two goals. Honourable mentions go to centre-back Josh Brown for a dominant defensive display, James Stokes for reeking havoc from right-back and Callum Wilson for his goals.
Gavin Ritchie - Despite his team getting very little change out of the Boclair defence, the midfielder was constantly looking to create openings. Also went close with a well-struck free-kick. Honourable mentions go to Connor Coupe who was a constant threat on the left wing and Kieran Conway for his tireless work in the centre of midfield.
Magic Moment
Boclair Academy
St John's HS
James Stokes lung-busting run from the halfway line powerfully driving past several St. John's challenges before delivering a dangerous ball into the area. Unfortunate that no one was able to turn it in.
Connor Coupe's sublime flick over his and a defender's head creating a shooting opportunity after a fluid move from St. John's. Unlucky to see his shot blaze just over the crossbar.
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